Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Mater Misericordiae Mission Address 1537 West Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone number (602) 253-6090 Website Mass Schedule Sunday, 7, 9, 11 a.m. (sung Mass). Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday, noon. Wednesday & Friday, … [Read More...]

Vatican, U.S. bishops sued by six men over allegations of sex abuse

The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 … [Read More...]

Newest seminarians for San Bernardino diocese

Joaquin Oliveros, Larry Curtis and Demitri Chuzel arrived at St. Junipero Serra House of Formation in August as the newest seminarians in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The three men bring the total number of Diocesan seminarians to 34. They already share a common brotherhood as seminarians. … [Read More...]

Two California bishops elected to head USCCB committees

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. bishops voted on a slate of positions and committee chairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The bishops elected Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland to serve as chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education. Barber has previously served as the … [Read More...]

“How much more can the people of God put up with?”

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United States. “It’s a moral crisis,” Daly said. “We have degenerate behavior, hypocrisy and now cover-up. My thought is, … [Read More...]

Bishops reject resolution encouraging Vatican to release McCarrick documents

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the … [Read More...]

Western province of Jesuits plans to release list of accused abusers

More names of clergy and religious accused of sex abuse are set to come out this December from a western U.S. province of the Society of Jesus, which says the decision to name the credibly accused is an effort for transparency that supports victims. The province includes the territory of the former … [Read More...]

Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco to host “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite”

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller, created to honor those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. … [Read More...]

Intense debate among bishops over handling of abuse scandal

More than 20 bishops and cardinals offered passionate interventions during an open floor discussion on the sex abuse crisis at the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon. More bishops wanted to speak, but due to time constraints, their comments were reserved for the next … [Read More...]

“Mass of the Dead for Our Homeless Brethren” held in San Francisco

In the heart of a city becoming as well known for the size of its homeless population as it is for its golden-hued bridge, about 200 people gathered at St. Patrick Church Nov. 8 to pray for the eternal rest of the human lives ended unceremoniously on the streets of San Francisco. Students … [Read More...]

Cardinal Zen delivers new letter on China to Pope Francis

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told that underground clerics have cried to him since … [Read More...]

Vatican directive came from Congregation for Bishops

The directive not to vote on the proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the response of the Church in the US to the sexual abuse crisis came from the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday. The president of the US Conference of Catholic … [Read More...]

Ground broken on campus of Christ Cathedral for Our Lady of La Vang shrine

For 18 days in a tiny 28-foot by 6-foot boat, 26 Vietnamese refugees cling to life. It is 1979 and they are part of the vast tide of humanity fleeing repression in their homeland. They have already weathered a fierce storm in their tiny craft. They are starving, surviving only on meager rations of … [Read More...]

California, Mexican border bishops meet in Tijuana

As caravans of Honduran and Guatemalan immigrants traveled through Mexico toward the U.S. in a cacophony of media reporting and political rhetoric, a group of California and Mexican bishops met quietly in Tijuana in their annual meeting of prayer and friendship Oct. 22-23. “We made much progress in … [Read More...]